Un-metered Internet access starts as soon as school finishes
29th May 2001 - Affinity Internet Holdings today announced its new ISP access package,
Surf@Home for its 150 Virtual Internet Service Provider (VISP) clients. The
new package was created in response to consumer demand following the
introduction of un-metered call connections using the FRIACO (Flat Rate
Internet Access Call Origination) infrastructure earlier this year.
The new package is part of an entire range which has been devised
specifically based on customer's lifestyle needs. Affinity identified the
need for an alternative to the majority of unmetered evening and weekend ISP
packages that offer access from 6pm. Surf@Home has been specifically
targeted at families with school children and offers unlimited access from
4pm to 8am weekdays and any time at weekends, for a recommended retail price
of £9.99 a month.
Tiny Online, the ISP, Portal and e-tailing arm of Tiny Computers, has
already decided to launch this new un-metered service from Affinity.
In the UK alone over 1.2 million people have accessed the Web through one of
the 150 branded VISPs - including Tiny Computers, Arsenal and Egg - that use
Affinity's service. The company combined data regarding patterns of use
among consumer and business users with feedback from its clients to design
its new packages using Affinity's convergent billing platform.
Danny Sullivan, Director of Affinity Internet commented: "We're always
looking at the packages we offer to our VISP clients to make sure they're
giving their customers what they want. One of the advantages of being able
to monitor the usage patterns of so many people accessing the Web is that
we're able identify and respond to customer demands quicker and tailor the
ISP offerings for each client."
For further information contact:
Midnight Communications (business and trade media enquiries)
Zoë Harley / Antony Mayfield
Tel: 01273 666200
Affinity Internet Holdings (investor and general enquiries)
Tel: 020 7670 1155
About Affinity Internet Holdings PLC
Affinity is a provider of white-label, Internet and telecoms services and
technologies to major brands, including Tiny Computers, Powergen, Royal Bank
of Scotland and Egg. Founded in 1995 Affinity employs over 200 people in
Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region and is listed on the London Stock
It comprises three main business divisions:
- Affinity Internet is the UK's biggest provider of Virtual Internet Service
Provision (VISP) with over 150 branded ISPs running across its
infrastructure in the UK alone. It offers a full range of SME and ISP
packages through its client brands including metered and un-metered,
narrowband and broadband (ADSL).
- Affinity Telecom offers brandable fixed and wireless telephony services as
well as a pioneering convergent billing platform based on the
industry-leading Geneva technology.
- Affinity Commerce offers brandable web, mobile and iTV content, e-commerce,
software, portals and advanced customer relationship management (CRM)
Affinity has built its technologies and services working with companies
regarded as the best in their respective fields, including strategic
partners: ICL, Cisco Systems, and ClientLogic. Other key relationships
include Cable & Wireless, British Telecom, COLT, Vodafone UK, Applied
Psychology Research (APR) and Synigence.
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